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China’s stretched health system braces for peak in COVID infections
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China’s stretched health system braces for peak in COVID infections

COVID infections may peak next week - Chinese health officialChina reports no new COVID deaths for third dayChina still ill-prepared for major outbreak - expertsBEIJING/SHANGHAI, Dec 23 (Reuters) - China is expecting a peak in COVID-19 infections within a week, a health official said, with authorities predicting extra strain on the country's health system even as they downplay the disease's severity and continue to report no new deaths.In the face of a surging outbreak and widespread protests against its "zero-COVID" regime of lockdowns and testing, China began dismantling it this month, becoming the last major country to move towards living with the virus.Its containment measures had slowed the economy to its lowest growth rate in nearly half a century, jamming global supply chains and...